Why was Blaine Girls Spring Basketball started?
Our goal was to provide a cost effective and competitive Spring basketball opportunity for players that live in the Blaine district. We love to see our Blaine players stay together in the off-season to continue to work on their basketball skills.
How is this different than AAU or other teams across the metro?
We play in a mix of AAU & MYAS tournaments. Our focus is on fundamentals, teamwork, and developing our youth on & off the court. We do not play in out of state tournaments. We aim to be competitive against other teams, and to push players to be their best. We also work hard to support multi-sport athletes.
Will you work with multi-sport athletes?
Yes! We believe kids should play multiple sports as long as they can. We’d love to have spring basketball be an option for players that still want to play in other sports. We strive to work with players' sports schedules to make practices work, but if players have to miss some practices because they are playing in other sports we are o.k. with that!
Why should I consider this for my daughter?
This program is an option for your daughter to continue her basketball season (beyond winter travel ball). We believe this program will be best suited for those with traveling basketball experience, and for those that want to continue to play traveling basketball and high school basketball.
Is this part of the youth program or part of the high school program?
This program is part of our High School Booster program. We will partner closely with the youth program to ensure they are aware of, and can support our teams and offerings. Our goal is to provide cost effective and competitive spring basketball options for players within the Blaine district – our youth program is a BIG part of that!
Who coaches the teams?
Our intention is to have all teams coached by our Girls High School coaching staff. For 2020, several teams will be coached by Jason Wirtz, High School JV Head Coach. Additional High School coaches will take leadership with teams as the program grows. Coach Brustuen is involved with the program as our leader for Boosters. We also strive to bring in current and former players to help the coaches. Former players love to give back and do a great job connecting with our teams.
How and when will teams be formed each year?
For 2020, we intend to form youth teams in late January/early February 2020. Teams will be formed after the Spring Skills & Assessment Night, which will be held Wednesday, January 29th from 6:45 pm -8:00 pm at Blaine High School. High school teams will be formed after the high school season due to MSHSL rules.
What about uniforms?
Affordability is something we strive for so we use existing youth traveling uniforms for youth teams and high school uniforms for high school teams. This helps keep costs low and ensures we are ready for April tournaments.
How long is the season and what does it cost?
For 2020, the season will be 6-8 weeks long and costs are $500 per player. Costs include coaching, practice time and 3-4 tournaments. Additionally, we are forming teams earlier in 2020 than we did in 2019 and will allow us to gather open weekends and any conflicts ahead of registering for tournaments. An optional extension will be considered if there is a full team that would like to extend beyond the 6-8 week season.
Where and when are practices held?
Practices are held at Blaine area facilities – e.g. Northdale Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, and Blaine High School. Times may range from 5 pm-10 pm.
Where and when are tournaments played?
We sign our teams up for AAU or MYAS tournaments in the Twin Cities area. We do not play any out of state tournaments. Most spring tournaments are held in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Chaska and Chanhassen.
Where can I find out more information?
See our Spring Basketball page on our website.